After his alleged racist, sexist, and homophobic emails were released, Jon Gruden resigned as the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders.
After a series of emails were exposed, Jon Gruden resigned as the head coach of the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday.
Just hours after historic purported racist, sexist, and homophobic texts surfaced, the 58-year-old announced his resignation.
The details of multiple inflammatory emails Gruden wrote between 2011 and 2018 were revealed by the New York Times on Monday.
It came after the Wall Street Journal reported last week that the 58-year-old used racial language in an email to NFL Players Association boss DeMaurice Smith in 2011.
According to the New York Times, Gruden insulted NFL commissioner Roger Goodell by using a homophobic slur and calling him “clueless” and “anti-football.”
The ex-Raiders coach is also supposed to have claimed that Goodell encouraged the Rams to choose “queers,” a reference to Michael Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay player.
In 2017, he is accused of responding to a sexist meme of a female official in an email by stating, “Nice job roger.”
Gruden is also said to have demanded the firing of Eric Reid, who took a knee during the US national anthem to draw attention to social injustice and racial inequity.
He was accused of writing “he has to hide in his concussion protocol tent,” a reference to the number of head injuries Reid sustained as a result of the NFL’s efforts to decrease concussions.
Last Friday, Gruden told the Wall Street Journal that NFLPA President Smith “had lips the size of Michellin tires.”
The emails were discovered by the NFL during an investigation into workplace misbehavior at the Washington Redskins, which was finished this summer.
According to the New York Times, Gruden’s emails were sent to former Washington team president Bruce Allen and others when he was working as a commentator for ESPN.
Before his abrupt departure, he was in the fourth year of a 10-year contract with the Raiders.
In a statement, the 58-year-old said: “I’ve resigned as the head coach of the Raiders in Las Vegas.
“I like the Raiders and don’t want to be a nuisance. Thank you to everyone of Raider Nation’s players, coaches, staff, and fans.
“I’m sorry; I didn’t mean to cause anyone any harm.”
In a statement, Raiders owner Mark Davis stated he accepted Gruden’s departure without elaborating, and interim head coach Rich Bisaccia was chosen.